Video footage of Sylvan "Buckskin Bill" Hart
Written by Phil Brown, Badger Bushcraft Blog Monday, 28 March 2011 04:43
I have recently discovered a short piece of video footage of one of my all time heroes Sylvan "Buckskin Bill" Hart on youtube. It is 5 minutes of sheer magic!
One of the very first articles I wrote for the Badger Bushcraft Blog was:-
"The Last of the Mountain Men" - ‘The true story of a living American legend – Sylvan Hart – who has lived alone for 35 years on Five Mile Bar, beside the River of No Return in the Idaho Rockies’ Click here to read
I was delighted to have found a short clip of Sylvan Hart on youtube and thought I would share it here on our blog.
The book "Last of the Mountain Men" has remained a firm favourite of mine since the chance discovery in a "job lot" of second hand books.
Back in November 2010 I wrote of Sylvan Hart:-
"I devoured the book over the course of several evenings often flicking back and forth to the fourteen or so black and white pictures contained in the books centre. Hart, otherwise known as Buckskin or Buckskin Bill, was obviously a very capable and talented man in so many different ways - able to produce his own firearms, knives, tools, clothing and food he was exceptionally self sufficient."
I really hope you enjoy this short piece of video and perhaps, like me, you will find the lives of these amazing mountain men and woman truely inspiring!
Thanks for the video. I just wish it had volume
about my used bookstore. I live in a tiny hamlet named Sylvan in southern Ontario in Canada.
I had also read his book many years ago. Those who enjoyed it might also like to read about called Crusoe of Lonesome Lake. He came up from Oregon or Washington I think, and cleared a farm in the mountains of British Columbia - dammed the lake to generate electricity - got his pilot's license when he was 70. Not quite as extreme as Sylvan Hart, but a pretty impressive guy, none the less.
Even less impressive - back about 1970 I bought some bushland near Kirkland Lake in Northern Ontario, built a log cabin and lived there with my girlfriend (from Florida!) for two years. No hydro, water, phone,
I don't think I can add photos here, but if you're interested and give me an email address to write to, I'll send you photos of the cabin.
Enjoying your site. Thanks,